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Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner [Hardcover]

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Book Description

6 Sep 2004

If you ever wanted to learn to paint, but were too nervous to have a go, this is the book for you. Full of clear, simple advice and practical tips, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner will teach even the least confident of beginners the skills and techniques needed to start painting.

In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, 3 professional artists explain the basic watercolour techniques.

In Part One, Alwyn Crawshaw, popular TV artist and author of over 20 art instruction books, demonstrates basic techniques including:
• brushstrokes
• colour mixing
• making objects look 3D
• depicting distance and foreground
• painting simple buildings
• painting fruit, vegetables, flowers, skies, trees, landscapes and coastlines

In Part Two, lecturer and author Sharon Finmark explains how you can paint realistic figures, covering:
• scale and proportion
• mixing convincing skin colours
• painting from photographs
• painting single figures
• painting people in groups
• depicting movement and light

Finally, Trevor Waugh, popular watercolourist and teacher, demonstrates techniques for painting domestic, farmyard and wild animals. Starting with simple shapes, Trevor takes you through the basic rudiments of:
• 3D shapes
• tone and colour
• texture and pattern
• individual animal features
• movement
• foreshortening

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007184565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007184569
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alwyn Crawshaw is the author of over 25 titles on art instruction and is the Founder of the Society of Amateur Artists, past President of the National Acrylic Painters Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sharon Finmark is an experienced art teacher in all media but with specialism in life drawing. She has written several books on painting.

Trevor Waugh is a well-travelled popular painter whi runs very successful painting workshops. He has written several books on painting and has become known to a wide market through his greeting cards and prints.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin! 16 Oct 2010
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I wanted a straightforward, easy to follow book as I am newcomer not just to Watercolour painting but art in general, and it does what it says on the tin. 'Watercolour for the Absolute beginner' is just what I was looking for in a book. It guides you from what tools and materials to and buy and follows on about how to use them. For me who always had an interest in art and drawing (but not very good) it takes you step by step on how to produce flowers, people, fruit, buildings etc. It's an all-in-one book which demystifies the whole idea of "you have to have a natural talent" to be an artist.

An excellent recommendation to anyone who has thought of taking up a new hobby. I am a crafter and this will enable me to include a new aspect into my crafting projects in the future.

Beautifully illustrated book and well written.

Highly recommended.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for watercolour beginners 25 Aug 2011
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Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner is actually a collection of 3 books that were published earlier, namely You Can Paint Watercolors by Alwyn Crawshaw, You Can Paint People in Watercolour by Sharon Finmark and You Can Paint Animals in Watercolour by Trevor Waugh.

It's now sold together as a 224-page paperback at a wonderful bundle price.

This is probably the least intimidating watercolour book I've seen. The exercises are short and easy to follow. It shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes to complete each one.

The examples are simple, usually a single subject, like a banana or some grapes. Even for the landscape paintings, there are also very few elements included. The simple examples are great in a way because they build confidence.

What's lacking is perhaps the section on colour theory. It teaches basic colour mixing, with simple recipes provided in all the exercises. But it doesn't talk about colour harmony, like how some colours work well with others. Anyway, you can get another book for that called Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color by Jan Hart.

This book is highly recommended to watercolour beginners who want something less intimidating. Or if you want something more challenging, but still suitable for beginners, check out Complete Watercolour Course by John Raynes.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy 25 May 2009
This is an excellent purchase for any beginner to watercolour painting. The exercises can be attempted again and again to view one's improvement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watercolours for beginners 21 Mar 2010
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I bought this book for my Mum, as she'd decided to take up Watercolours, something she had NEVER done before. I just wanted to give her a bit of encouragement and understanding.
She loves it!!!!! and hence is really enjoying the classes she attends to weekly.........Result!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know 17 Mar 2010
By Malcom
This book leaves nothing out. Best value for those wishing to paint using watercolours. Start with this and you won`t go wrong.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good learning book 27 Sep 2010
By silver1
A very very good book for absolute beginners, easy to follow yet comprehensive enough to impart good knowledge. A little treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art enlightment 7 Aug 2009
I have just recently had lessons on watercolour painting this book supports the lessons but i have a handy reference to dip in and out this is an excellent book for beginners
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour for Absolute Beginners 3 Sep 2010
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This book is excellent it is comprehensive, interesting and very easy to understand. I had not painted for 30 years and was very rusty to say the least, I use this as my painting Bible.
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